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Here is a simple and cheap way to restore a tool that has become hopelessly rusted from exposure to the elements.
apple cider vinegar (white vinegar may work as well, though I haven't tried it yet) salt (not sure if this is entirely necessary - but I know it ...
place the rusted part of the tool in the dish pour in enough vinegar to submerge the rusted parts
apply salt liberally over the whole area
Leave the tool in the mixture for 24 hours
After a day has passed, look at the tool. You should see a lot of rust flakes and debris in the solution. Use the old toothbrush and scrub ...
Try to work the tool. You might feel it give a micrometer or so. Work it a few times. Resubmerge, Brush it a bit. Let it sit in ...
Rinse the tool and then blot up any excess water or vinegar you can and then set the tool in a warm place to dry. Give it few ...
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